Thursday, February 28, 2019

Botnica Vessel as a Luminous 3D Print

Gerard Petersen from RhinoCentre (authorized Rhino reseller) was faced with fabricating a 3D printed model for the TS Shipping company.

The challenge was to 3D print the well-known and ice-breaking vessel Botnica making it special as those beautiful, but old school, scale models of ships and yachts.

Using Rhino and fabricated by Shapeways, the result is as unique as the whole story behind it.

Exploring Forms with Grasshopper, April 3-4, Seattle

April 3–4, 2019

Is it time for you to learn Grasshopper for Rhinoceros? Join us for this fast-paced two-day workshop. Andres Gonzalez Posada from McNeel Miami will be coming to our Seattle office to teach this class. You don't want to miss it!

Seats are limited. Sign up today!

Grasshopper is the visual programming environment which is now included in Rhinoceros 6. Grasshopper scripts are represented by visual elements that progressively develop across the Grasshopper canvas. By creating visual Grasshopper scripts, designers explore and build their models from concept to fabrication.

This workshop will introduce you to Grasshopper and take you to an intermediate level. It will provide you with a functional understanding of Grasshopper and parametric design. The workshop will cover:

  • Understanding the interface
  • Modeling geometry
  • Data structures
  • The logic of using trees 

A detailed class outline is available here.

Basic working knowledge of Rhino 5 or 6 is required.
Our Seattle classroom is outfitted with computers for each attendee to use during the training; laptops are not necessary.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Central Plaza Rayong

Central Plaza Rayong in Rayong, Thailand, by Synthesis Design

Situated just south of Bangkok, Central Plaza Rayong's shopping mall attracts passers-by with its bright, vibrant facade.

Using Grasshopper, the Synthesis Design designers developed the series of surfaces for the shopping building facade. The facade is a series of undulating 2D CNC plasma cut aluminum profiles. Mirrored and nested, the waves appear to shapeshift as one drives by.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

KeyShot 8.2 update now available

KeyShot 8.2 is now available. This release focuses on stability and integration with 3D modeling software. Some of the important new features are:
  • Offline Rendering Pause
  • Interior mode speed and performance increase
  • Vertical orientation for Presentation Mode
  • Shift-key drag-and-drop to add sub materials
  • Network Rendering for Linux
  • Alembic Vertex Color/Deformable Curve support
  • Autodesk Revit 2019 Import
  • Updated SOLIDWORKS integration
  • Updated PTC Creo integration
  • Updated Fusion 360 integration
  • Updated Cinema 4D integration
To purchase or see upgrade options, visit

For other questions about upgrading to KeyShot 8, email or contact your local reseller.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Barcelona glass manufacturer takes it technique to NYC

Rhino and a little Grasshopper were used to generate design intent files for glass manufacturing in a slumped glass facade project.

House of Innovation 000, Nike NYC is Nike's flagship store, completed in November 2018. Six stories cover more than 68,000 square feet of the undulating slumped and carved glass facade on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street of New York City.

The building recladding is an old tradition applied to a new technique: The Spanish glass manufacturer Cricursa, based in Barcelona, has specialized in curved glass since the early 20th century.

Learn more about the process in The Architect's Newspaper, Nike’s New House of Innovation Brings an Undulating Glass Facade to Fifth Avenue.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Computation in Architecture Master Degree at CITA Copenhagen, Denmark

Computation in Architecture is a two-year Masters programme that equips students with the highest level of skills in computation and architecture. With a specific focus on digital design, advanced modeling, smart sensing, and robotic fabrication, the program examines architecture through the critical consideration of technology as a driver for thinking, forming and producing architecture. Students will develop the highest level of critical and practical skills and situated professional knowledge to shape future practice.

Applications for the new intake in September 2019 will be accepted until March 1, 2019.

How to create an alien environment

Tamara Deverell, the production designer for Star Trek: Discovery, joined the CBS TV series in the middle of Season One. She was tasked with coming up with the exotic look for the planet Pahvo.

It was all drawn in the computer in a 3D program, Rhino, and we made silicone membranes that would feel like the alien creature. It was like an organic Eden. —Tamara Deverell, IndieWire, May 16, 2018

Learn more about the production design in 'Star Trek Discovery’: How They Designed the Mirror Universe and the Klingon World.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Eagle Point adds McNeel content to Pinnacle Series

Eagle Point Software Corp. has expanded their Pinnacle Series content library by recently adding McNeel content to their design tools Grasshopper and Rhinoceros.

Adding content for Grasshopper and Rhino is something that stemmed from our clients. Our clients are interested in these products and we strive to bring them all content that is relevant to them. We noticed an increased interest and mention of Grasshopper and Rhino so we knew it was an addition we needed to make. -- John Biver, president and CEO at Eagle Point

For more information, visit

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Intro to Parametric Modelling with Grasshopper and Rhino V1.0 By DesignMorphine (March 22–24, 2019) - Sofia, Bulgaria


Intro to Parametric Modelling with Grasshopper and Rhino V1.0 is an intensive course focused on the applications of parametric modeling and generative algorithms. Skill development on computational design and parametric strategies will lead to optimization through various parameters. The participants will be introduced to basic generative design using an iterative plugin.


The three-day intensive course will introduce the basics of Grasshopper and generative design, explaining fundamental geometry concepts and exploring different design options through parametrically defined models. Using Rhinoceros as a base environment, the basic parameters will be set. In Grasshopper, we will explore simple examples of parametric design. Students with zero to none experience will be able to understand algorithm-based methodology and manipulate it into various kinds of designs. On the last day students will be introduced to Anemone—a plugin for Grasshopper to use iterative systems in their design. They will also learn the essentials of KeyShot rendering to create a relevant preview for their design.

ShapeDiver JSON components

Have you ever had problems managing large amounts of data in your Grasshopper definitions? 

Have you ever had so many parameters that the definitions get too complicated to understand? 

Do you need a clean way to communicate between ShapeDiver and your web application? 

Solve all these issues and more with the ShapeDiver JSON components.

Non Architecture Buying Competition

Non Architecture is a nonprofit organization whose only purpose is to
encourage and support the creation of bold innovative ideas.

We can consider Architecture everything that has already been designed or built, a realm of conventional solutions, often repeated in a self-referential system. Imagine a counterpart, a Non Architecture: a world of unexplored designs and countless possibilities, that if found, could enlarge and change the boundaries of architecture permanently. In its framework, Non Architecture is developing a series of competitions whose focus on finding innovative approaches to a specific architecture topic, always related to a functional issue. Emphasis is always pointed to nontraditional, and therefore non-architectural approaches to the architect’s work.

The 9th and final competition of the series, launched on February 1st, is Buying.

The Buying competition aims to develop design proposals for the shop typology, intended as spaceeither material or immaterialwhere goods or services are available to the public. The participants are asked to create innovative and unconventional projects, questioning the very basis of the notion of the shop. 

With critical thinking and creative attitude, the participants are urged to investigate how the shopping experience can be reformed in the future, and how the concept of the shop as a space with material and immaterial characteristics can be reinvented. The proposal can be a device, a piece of furniture, an interior design project, a pavilion, a building or an urban plan. Scale of intervention, program dimensions and location are not given, and they can be arranged by the participants to suit their project better.

Eligibility: Non Architecture Competitions are open to all human beings, from every age and cultural background, working in groups or individually.

Submission deadline is April 30.

For more information, please check Non Architecture – Buying page on

3D printing in the haute couture world


The Dutch fashion designer, Iris van Herpen, is not afraid to experiment for her haute couture collections.

Working with the Delft University of Technology to generate her computer files, she has her designs laser cut, to be later sewn on to her fabric designs.

Watch the Ludi Naturae collection develop from inside the atelier to the final runway show in this visually inspiring video: Iris van Herpen | Ludi Naturae | Process film.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Upcoming Webinar: Applying CFD Analysis to Your Design with Orca3D Marine CFD

Webinar Date and Time: Thursday, February 21, 9:00 AM EST (14:00UTC) 

Register here

In the past, marine design with CFD was expensive, required the expertise of a specialist, and wasn’t practical on ordinary engineering computers. Now Orca3D Marine CFD has changed that. They have coupled the power and ease-of-use of Rhino, Orca3D, and Simerics MP with specially designed templates allowing naval architects to easily and affordably analyze the hydrodynamic performance of displacement and planing hull designs with confidence in the results. Both monohulls and multihulls can be explored. And the effects of local design features including steps, spray rails, lifting strakes, flaps, trim tabs, foils, and other appendages can be investigated with high fidelity. With Orca3D Marine CFD, it takes only minutes to set up and start an analysis, and it is practical to run on ordinary engineering laptops or desktops.

Previous webinars have presented the process of going from a hull model in Rhino/Orca3D to a completed CFD analysis. (View the recording.) This next webinar will begin with a brief overview of that process and a presentation of benchmarks, as well as highlighting recent functionality and speed improvements to the software. Then we will move on to focus on how CFD can be used not only to analyze a design but also improve it. Presenters will include our experts as well as a customer who will discuss his real-world experience with Orca3D Marine CFD. After a Q&A session, we will present the very affordable pricing options, and the steps to follow to get a free 30-day evaluation of the software, including technical support.

Register here. The webinar will be recorded, and if you register you will receive a link to the recording, even if you are unable to attend.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Mathematical Art done in Rhino

CosmoCaixa Barcelona is hosting the exhibition Mathematical Art, a group of iron and steel sculptures made by the Dutch artist and mathematician Rinus Roelofs. His pieces show different mathematical concepts: dual and stellar polyhedra (the first is obtained from another by turning each face into a vertex and vice versa, and the second by building a pyramid on each face), and operations of turns and translations on divisions that make 3D structures from 2D surfaces.

The exhibition can be seen until September 2019.

Rinus Roelofs uses Rhino and Grasshopper to build all his artistic models.

RhinoCAM 2019 released

MecSoft Corporation has announced the latest version of MecSoft’s fully integrated CAM plugin for Rhinoceros 5 and 6, RhinoCAM 2019.

Release highlights include:
  • 2½ Axis – Improved feature-based machining, new drag knife cutting method, new cornering options in profile machining
  • 3 Axis – Improvements in flat area machining, new trochoidal entry motions for high-speed machining, improved cut connections and performance improvements
  • 4 Axis – Smoother motion outputs in the post-processor
  • 5 Axis – Nutating head support and local coordinate plane programming 
  • Simulation – Tool shank collision detection and early error detection
  • Free TURN module included in certain 2019 MILL configurations
  • Other productivity and user interface enhancements
  • NEST has been enhanced to add 3D object nesting

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Introduction to Grasshopper for Designers (Free Webinar Recording)

Given the positive feedback, Car Body Design has published the Introduction to Grasshopper Webinar that they hosted in December.

The webinar, presented by Marco Traverso, focuses on the possible applications in transportation design, product design, and industrial design industries.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Rhino at the Sydney Design Festival 2019

On the occasion of the 3rd Italian Design Day and of the Sydney DesignFestival 2019, the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney (an official body of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs) has invited Arturo Tedeschi, architect and computational designer, as a guest speaker of the event Inside Italian Design: Beyond the Glossy Cover. Arturo Tedeschi,  based in Milano (Italy) and worldwide known for his avant-garde work and for the best seller AAD Algorithms Aided Design, promotes a new approach that merges innovative fabrication techniques, algorithms, virtual reality, and AI.

Arturo develops all his projects using Rhino and Grasshopper.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Are you ready for the Super Bowl?

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The next generation of the football helmet is here. Carbon technology is the key to the next generation of the football helmet coming from Riddell Diamond Technology.  Using generative algorithms, 3D scanning, advanced materials, and 3D printing, a new era of head protection is here.

Watch this video on the new process that will bring customized helmets to pro and college level athletes later this year:

Carbon 3D + Rhino + Grasshopper + Helmet Protection